The Second Law of Thermodynamics


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The Second Law of Thermodynamics
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INTRODUCTION Water flows down a hill, heat flows from a hot body to a cold one, rubber bands unwind, fluid flows from a high-pressure region to a low-pressure region, and we all get old! Our experiences in life suggest that processes have a definite direction. The first law of thermodynamics relates the several variables involved in a physical process but does not give any information as to the direction of the process. It is the second law of thermodynamics which helps us establish the direction of a particular process. Consider, for example, the situation il…
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Merle C. Potter, PhD; Craig W. Somerton, PhD: Schaum's Outline of Thermodynamics for Engineers, Third Edition. The Second Law of Thermodynamics, Chapter (McGraw-Hill Professional, 2014), AccessEngineering Export